It should come as no surprise to hear that more people are suffering from anxiety these days than ever before. What is surprising is that woman are twice as likely to experience anxiety than men are. The exact reasons for this are not yet known, although it is suspected that the higher prevalence in women may be due to differences in brain chemistry, hormonal differences or that women tend to cope with stress differently than men. And that is found to be the case around the globe.
Could part of the problem be that women have beliefs about anxiety that are not true and, in fact, are counter-productive?
In an article posted in the online women’s journal Bustle, reporter Carina Wolff interviews several psychotherapists who describe 11 common misconceptions about anxiety they hear from women and suggest possible reasons for this gender disparity.